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International Festival 2016
The world comes to Mill Creek Park
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Tely Hinds, center, of Conjunto Orgullo Panameno based out of Hinesville, twirls while performing traditional dances of Panama at the 2015 International Festival in this Statesboro Herald file photo. The 2016 festival is set for Saturday at Mill Creek Regional Park. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file

Georgia Southern University will bring the world to Statesboro during the 11th Annual International Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mill Creek Regional Park.

The annual festival, hosted by the university's Office for International Programs and Services, is a celebration of culture, music, art and food from around the world. Admission to the festival is free and open to everyone.

Activities include a Global Village where students from area schools pick a country and create an educational display that showcases that nation. The students get their ideas and information from Georgia Southern's Global Ambassador Program. An ambassador from the country the students select visits their school to give a presentation, answer questions about customs and culture and offer advice on creating a booth. Georgia Southern has students from more than 90 countries.

Schools participating this year and countries represented include Langston Chapel Middle School (India), Portal Middle/High School (Spain), Screven County Middle School (Italy), Southeast Bulloch High School (Denmark), Statesboro Steam (Nigeria), Swainsboro Middle School (Tanzania) and William James Middle School (Brazil).

The It's a Small World area provides free international arts and crafts activities for children. There will also be musical and dance performances on the World Stage throughout the day, as well as an International Food Court and World Craft Bazaar.

At the Food Court, cuisine from Argentina, the Bahamas, France, Greece, India, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, the Philippines, Thailand and Mexico will be available. At the Bazaar, items from China, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Trinidad will be available to purchase.

The International Festival is a collaboration among the Bulloch County Board of Education, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department, the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit



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